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Artist-Business Accelerator Course Seeks Artists

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Artist-Business Accelerator Course Seeks Artists


The Clark Hulings Fund (CHF) is seeking entrepreneurial visual artists to participate in its annual accelerator program. The CHF Art-Business Accelerator is a yearlong, intensive and interactive business-education program for working artists. Each year, CHF selects a handful of applicants to receive an award of life-changing education aimed at transforming working artists into thriving artists.

Eligibility:  Professional artists who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, over 18, and working in traditional visual arts disciplines

Deadline to apply:  September 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Mountain time (***note:  there is a $35 application fee payable at the time of application***)

Why shouldn’t the art-entrepreneurs in our culture prosper and achieve their goals? CHF injects the missing ingredients for a successful career, so that artists who graduate can make a name for themselves.

“Art is not a charity,” says CHF Director Elizabeth Hulings, “and artists deserve every opportunity to earn a living from their work. To do this, business expertise is just as vital as creativity and artistic technique.”

Those artists who are chosen to be Accelerator Fellows receive a range of benefits, including free admission to our rigorous educational program, access to business and art-industry experts, and one-on-one consultations with CHF’s leadership team. Second-year Accelerator Fellows also receive assistance with capitalizing the investment-grade plans they develop in year one for projects that are designed to advance their careers.

Fellows have engaged in skill exchanges, contact referrals, and collaborative learning, as well as produced joint shows, appeared on panels, created and marketed collaborative art, and formed critical networks of peers and art leaders.


The learning format is blended—a mix of live remote workshops and labs, digital coursework, and community interaction. Fellows master nine practice areas, creating a career blueprint, developing a brand story, adopting a sales strategy, and planning a pivotal business project, including producing an investment-grade project proposal. All of it is designed to ensure that Fellows acquire a business skill set that will serve them throughout their careers.

The Particulars

The program requires a 12-month commitment in 2019. There is no cost to participants, but the selection process is rigorous, and only 20 working artists will be awarded a Fellowship. Each workshop is led by an expert in the pertinent subject matter, and the labs are deep dives that include extensive time for Q&A, allowing Fellows to obtain feedback on their specific questions and hear the perspectives of their peers.

How to Apply

Review the guidelines and submit an online application.  Online applications consist of the following:

  • a resume/CV
  • up to ten images of work
  • optional supporting materials, if relevant—e.g., letter of intent from a gallery, commission statement, referrals, references, etc.)

Applicants will be asked to designate two work samples for potential use in a CHF bio, press materials, and online catalogue (CHF will determine which artists are included in the latter.)

Submit the application by midnight MDT on the date of the deadline. (Applications that are incomplete, late, or submitted without work samples will not be reviewed.)



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